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Dr Nick Ritchie
Lecturer (International Security)



Nick researches and teaches in the areas of international relations and international security at the University of York. His particular focus is on nuclear disarmament, proliferation and arms control and US and UK national security.

After completing his PhD thesis at the University of Bradford in 2007 on the evolution of US nuclear weapons policy after the Cold War, Nick spent four years researching and teaching at Bradford’s Department of Peace Studies before joining York in 2011. He previously worked for five years at the Oxford Research Group, an independent Non-Governmental Organisation working with policy-makers and independent experts on the challenges of global security and nuclear disarmament.



Nick’s recent research has explored the rationales underpinning the UK’s decision to embark on a controversial programme to replace the current Trident nuclear weapons system, options for the UK, and the interplay between UK nuclear weapons policy and renewed momentum for significant progress towards a world free of nuclear weapons. It has been generously funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. He is currently conducting an ESRC-funded project on the political challenges of ’devaluing’ nuclear weapons. The project is exploring the manner in which nuclear weapons remain deeply embedded not only in strategic thinking and force postures, but also in our political cultures and the implications for reducing long-term global nuclear risk. 

Follow him at or visit the Nuclear-Armed Britain pages to find out more.



War and Peace

US Power and International Security (convenor)


International Relations: Themes and Theories (convenor)

Dr Ritchie would be interested in supervising research students within the field of international security.

External activities


Executive Committee member, British Pugwash Group

Board member, Nuclear Information Service

Board of Advisors, UK Project on Nuclear Issues (RUSI)

Nick regularly gives talks and papers at NGO and think-tank events on nuclear disarmament, proliferation and arms control.

Contact details

Dr Nick Ritchie
Department of Politics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: 01904 324104

Feedback & Guidance hours, Online appointments (Spring term) - Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 & Wednesdays 9:00-10:00